Can I make my diapers soft again?
With all that said, there are some fitteds, especially the bamboo/cotton diapers that will not keep that original silkiness, but the above tips should help soften them up.
Regarding stripping the diapers, if you don't have any Dawn on hand, a hot wash with no detergent works great, too. If you see any suds in the rinse, then do a 2nd rinse, repeating until you see no suds.
you can also do a rinse with vinegar as a fabric softener it removes detergent build up and rinses clean away. I was really surprised at how much softer it made my diapers (they're a hemp/cotton blend) they were starting to feel really rough and stiff, and just one rinse with vinegar made them soft as new. I think it's a lot easier than stripping with Dawn.